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Jelena Dabanovic is a Skadar Lake native who runs a family business offering boat tours and kayak rental on the lake. She took us for a stunning ride around the lake to visit one of the most idyllic island monasteries you could imagine.
I asked Jelena to share her top tips for a trip to Skadar Lake and an unforgettable holiday in Montenegro.
Tell us about yourself –where do you live, why do you live there and what do you do?
I live in Virpazar. It is a small, beautiful village and very peaceful.
I am the owner of Boat Milica boat tours and also I offer kayaking on Lake Skadar.
What are your favourite things to do on Skadar Lake?
I like to go kayaking and bird watching.
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Where are your favourite places to eat out around the lake and what would you recommend on their menus?
My favorite place to eat is in our village at a restaurant called Silistria. It's a pirate boat turned restaurant which serves amazing food. Of all their meals I recommend their fish special 'Silistria platter' which includes all of the main fish from the lake.
What do you think are the places all visitors to Skadar Lake must see?
I would recommend Godinje village because of the architecture and very good wine.
What are the best places you’ve visited in Montenegro and why?
Cetinje, as the royal capital of Montenegro, is full of historical and culture monuments.
Durmitor because it has beautiful nature, good hiking trails and small lakes.
Lake Skadar because it's a paradise for the 280 different bird species who live there and there are beautiful landscapes and old monasteries.
What are your favourite Montenegrin foods?
I like to eat kacamak in Kolasin, smoked carp in Virpazar; goat cheese, olive oil and prsut (proscuitto) from Njegusi and in the north lamb cooked in milk.
What do you love most about living in Montenegro?
In Montenegro the weather is very nice. I appreciate that everything is so close; the lake, sea and mountains. And the people are very friendly and kind.
That's so true, I have never felt as safe anywhere as I do in Montenegro. If you had just one day in Montenegro, what would you do?
Can you tell us about one of the most unusual/entertaining/surprising experiences you’ve had in Montenegro?
Once I was taking a bird watching tour on Lake Skadar and we got stuck in the waterlilies. We ended up having an amazing experience, the most special birds on the lake got close to our boat. Even the birds which are usually not easy to see were just 5m from our boat... 30 of them!
And finally, what’s your top tip for a having an unforgettable holiday in Montenegro?
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